DETROIT (WXYZ) — Michael Love is a senior at Cornerstone Health and Technology in Detroit. He's not sure where he's headed next fall yet, but he’s got a binder full of offers. His success though, comes after a some doubt, struggle, and a lot of hard work.
“I got told a lot when I was younger I couldn’t do this, I couldn’t do that," Love said. "So I just wanted to show people I’m better than what they think I am.”
He applied to more than 50 schools for next year. Not only do most want him — many are offering to foot the bill.
“It’s over $300,000 in scholarship money I have as of right now,” Love said.
Cornerstone was able to waive the acceptance fees for most of Love’s prospective schools.
But on top of National Honor Society, varsity basketball, and an after school job — he had to make the time to send in all the applications.
“I thought he was crazy when he told me he was applying to so many schools,” said Love's mother, Michole Ewing.
Then the letters starting coming in. One after another.... after another. From all over the country.
“The farthest is probably Arizona. University of Arizona,” Love said.
His mother adding, “Every time I open up a letter I jumped up and down, we praised God and everything. I’m super proud of him.”
Michael, who wants to be an aerospace engineer —- struggled academically in the beginning of high school.
“I just wanted to improve myself because I didn’t know what I was going to do after high school.”
Chances are, now, that won’t include paying off student loans. One of Michael’s acceptance letters came with a full ride offer.
“Once he told me my mouth just dropped. I just started crying,” Ewing said.
Cornerstone’s principal says he and the rest of the staff here are so proud of Love, who plans to make a final decision in the next week or so.